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|Timothy Wollenzien has been Education Services Manager at Prairie Public since July 2015. He was previously Director of Cultural Events, Music Organizations and Program Operations at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, and prior to that he served for seven seasons as the Camp Director of the International Music Camp Summer School of Fine Arts at the International Peace Garden in North Dakota/Manitoba. Wollenzien’s 22-year teaching career included classroom and instrumental music education at Lake of the Woods School in Baudette, and at Coon Rapids High School and Osseo Senior High, all in Minnesota. He also served on the music education faculty at St. Cloud State University, Minnesota. Wollenzien holds a Bachelor of Science degree in music from Minnesota State University Moorhead, and he earned Masters’ and Ph.D. degrees in music education from the University of Minnesota. A passionate advocate for arts education and community arts engagement, Wollenzien remains musically active as a euphoniumist with the Lake Agassiz Concert Band and the International Tuba Quartet. He has served for many years as a community band conductor and organizer of many “Merry TubaChristmas” celebrations. He currently serves as a coordinator of “Oktubafest” held annually at the International Music Camp. Tim and his wife Laurie live in Moorhead, and are the parents of two adult daughters. He can be contacted at email@example.com or 701-241-7575.|
|Shaina Winning brings a background in early childhood education to her position as Education Services Associate. In her role, she concentrates on Ready to Learn initiatives as well as curriculum connections for Prairie Public’s extensive online resources. Born and raised in Valley City, N.D., Shaina graduated from Valley City State University with a degree in elementary education. Her credentials are in Early Childhood Education, Title I Reading and Title I Math, and she is working toward being credentialed in ELL (English Language Learners). She taught elementary school for seven years – the last five of those in the Bismarck (N.D.) Public School District. Prior to joining the Prairie Public team, she was a Title I Reading and Curriculum Specialist at Dorothy Moses Elementary School in Bismarck. She is currently attending North Dakota State University’s master’s degree program for School and Clinical Mental Health Counseling.|
|Gunel Huseynova is a part-time Education Associate, working on content updates to PBS Learning Media and ND Studies websites, assisting with monthly E-newsletters and maintaining the mobile lab. She is originally from Azerbaijan and moved to Fargo, ND five years ago. Gunel holds a Master’s degree in International Relations and European Studies from the University of Strasbourg, France. Prior to her experience at Prairie Public she completed internships at the United Nations mission in Azerbaijan and the Council of Europe in France. She also worked for an international non-profit organization IREX (International Research and Exchange Board). Contact Gunel Huseynova at firstname.lastname@example.org or 701-239-7513.|
|Shelli Herman brings an educational background in secondary and middle school education as well as marketing and politics to Prairie Public Broadcasting Education Services. Shelli is a native of Bismarck, ND, but has lived in six states and the District of Columbia. Most recently a teacher in the Phoenix area, she has worked as an English teacher, drama instructor, and ELL Coordinator. She also held the position of Marketing Director at Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre and is a founding member of Fargo’s Tin Roof Theatre Company. She holds a BFA in Acting, and an MA in Dramatic Criticism from the University of North Dakota, as well as a Broadcasting certificate from Brown College. Shelli also spent time in Washington working for former Congressman Earl Pomeroy. She is a well-established actor, singer, and director. She is working towards a certificate in social media marketing. You may contact Shelli Herman at email@example.com or 701-241-7551.|
|Tammy Swift coordinates and promotes preK-12 education events, workshops and conferences – with special emphasis on Ready to Learn initiatives (early childhood education). She is also responsible for departmental newsletters and assists with grant writing, departmental social media and some web content. A native of Glen Ullin, N.D., Tammy graduated from North Dakota State University with a mass communications degree. Her 25-year-career has mostly been spent in newsrooms around the state. She has been a reporter, columnist, features writer and editor at the Bismarck (N.D.) Tribune and The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. Tammy also has worked as a writer in University Relations/Publications Services at NDSU and as a social media marketing director at Kilbourne Group in Fargo. Although this is her first job in the education field, Tammy does hail from a family of teachers. Her grandmother was a teacher, her aunt taught fifth grade for many years, and her mother taught in a one-room schoolhouse and later became an art instructor. Contact Tammy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 701-239-7588.|
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